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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
The Firebird Band
The Setting Sun and Its Satellites
Cargo Records

Rating: 8.9/10 ?

October 1, 2004
From the opening gurgles sounding like a big hit off of a water bong to the slow twinkling of the final track, the Firebird's full length debut on Cargo Records runs a gamut of sounds from dance beats to swirling guitars, bordering on psychadelia one moment and primitive club beats the next, all mixed above a background of solid post-rock. Although you may find no solid basis for my thought process, I could easily see Chris Broach's Firebird paralleling the career of Adam Franklin's Swervedriver, The Setting Sun and Its Satellites leading into a universal indie rock masterpiece the same way that the Never Lose That Feeling EP led through many bumps to the end of a brilliant Mezcal Head. Of course Firebird could also go nowhere, having similarly been plagued by a revolving door in the bass and drumming roles (although the new lineup with Steve Lamos of American Football and DMS, and Ben Wilson of Back of Dave has reportedly become permanent) for the past year, with Broach being the only original member in the band. This album serves as a testament for optimism and deserving of a reward for not being a derivative of Braid.

This album is filled with high spots and bright lights, from the title track and "Nothing Not Dance Party" to the medley that is an improvement on the Big Boys' "Which Way To Go" and "Sound On Sound." Despite being one of the obviously less important songs on the album, "The City and Driving" has a beat as catchy as any other presented. It is, however, immediately forgotten when "Kiss Yourself" kicks into its nearly six minute punch-drunk drive. At the tail end of the album is a solo drum machine/acoustic fuzz ballad to eloquently state this band's magic - it sounds nothing like their usual material but is distinctly Firebird. Get in on the ground floor and buy this record, it is well worth it.

Reviewed by Avery Jones

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